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Drawing inspiration

"Die, yuppie scum," chants the long-haired man, to the beat of a pounding drum. "You don't need to fuck people over to survive."
Anarchist Seth Tobocman brings radical comic-book to the Lucy Parsons Center
By VALERIE VANDE PANNE  |  June 18, 2010
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Beer on a budget

The beer industry is generally considered recession-proof, since people are still going to drink beer when times get tough. But has the same been true for more expensive craft beer in the recent recession?
In defense of expense
By JOSH SMITH  |  May 21, 2010
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How Rhode Island can eliminate homelessness

Making it a reality is a matter of political will.
The concept is as simple as it is radical: give the homeless a place to live, with no strings attached
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 14, 2010

Get smart

There are lots of theories about what's wrong with Maine's economy.
Budget problems? It's the stupidity, stupid.
By AL DIAMON  |  March 12, 2010
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Romney's new character: Macho man

Few things are more predictable than a GOP presidential candidate posturing as a he-man protector of America, and depicting his Democratic counterpart as an effete, appeasing girlie-man on the dangerous world stage.
In his new book, Mitt makes himself over as a muscular defender of America
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  February 12, 2010
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A nation hooked on cars

The car is at the center of many of our troubles — our addiction to oil, the warming of the planet. Car accidents do incalculable damage.
Vroom! Vroom!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 29, 2010


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Trying times for Obama

It was only a matter of time before President Barack Obama turned into a deficit hawk. But it is a measure of the desperation sparked by Scott Brown's election to Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat that Obama hatched before the conclusion of the 2010 congre
Tough times for the nation
By EDITORIAL  |  January 29, 2010
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Instead of cuts: guts

Let’s assume, reader, that you’re concerned about economic and social justice. For those in real need — people who are poor, sick, old, mentally ill, addicted, disabled — you want decent care. You’re concerned, too, about proper funding of schools, commu
Raise taxes on the rich? Only one candidate says ‘yes’?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 08, 2010
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2009: The year in cheap eats

In the wake of the Bush Recession, it's been gratifying to spend 2009 noting how many good budget-priced restaurants Boston has.
A good year to dine 'On the Cheap,' for many reasons
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 25, 2009
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Worth the gamble?

Just three years after Rhode Island voters killed plans for a full-scale, Vegas-style casino, big-time gambling is in the cards again.
A push for full-scale Vegas-style casinos is in the cards again. Can poker and craps save a state in freefall?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 18, 2009
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Even more recession recipes

Scamfast
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  November 27, 2009


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Has Obama peaked? No, he hasn't

Barack Obama's popularity should not be judged by the day-to-day, media-driven vagaries of politics — nor by the wishful thinking of his opponents.
Obama’s days of greatest power and popularity lie before him. But be warned: he might not do what you want with it.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 13, 2009
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Has Obama peaked? Yes, he has

To listen to some pundits, Barack Obama's public image began taking a serious beating when the off-year election returns came in a week ago. Or maybe it was the undeserved Nobel Prize, his approach to the war in Afghanistan, or when he revved up his pur
Yes, he made history. Unfortunately, it’s all downhill from there.
By STEVEN STARK  |  November 13, 2009
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Con Sol

Three-year-old ethnic bargain spot Con Sol snuck under reviewers' radar with an Iberian menu that draws mostly on Portuguese-American food — a cuisine that feels native to long-time Cantabrigians, but otherwise is little known north of New Bedford and F
Shining light on a secret Iberian bargain
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 09, 2009
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Review: Capitalism: A Love Story

In his new film about the Wall Street meltdown, Michael Moore — surprise! — denounces capitalism and its exploitation of the working class. Not that he's above doing a little exploiting himself.
Moore of the same: Capitalism fails to make a prophet
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 02, 2009
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The Mighty Wind

The Rhode Island recession, among the worst in the country, has become something of a national curiosity: how could such a little state be in such big trouble?
New England is answering Obama's clarion call and beginning to harvest its most viable renewable energy source. In Rhode Island, can Deepwater also blow life into our ailing economy?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 21, 2009


The sunny side of the street

It's good to be known as an optimist. It keeps people from realizing you're actually a boob.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  July 24, 2009
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History's mysteries

Melodrama is a particularly satisfying popular art form for a financial crisis, filled as it is with unambiguous types and tropes — rich ruthless villains, poor but warm-hearted heroes and heroines, music that spiritedly cues our hisses and cheers, and
Explore Portland's past with AIRE
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 29, 2009
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More recession recipes

Pity chips and fancy beans
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  May 22, 2009
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Men + money = mess

Since Iceland is something of the epicenter of the global financial crisis — its government being the first to essentially go belly up — it's probably not surprising that the Icelanders have come up with the most novel and interesting theory as to what c
The financial crisis is a man-made problem. And it might not have occurred if we had listened to women.
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 15, 2009
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Arlen the Family

So, Arlen Specter is now a Democrat. That's old news.
Will Specter the Defector trigger a Democratic domination, or is his jump the sign of a growing moderate revolution?
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 08, 2009


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Is the American Dream a nightmare?

Action Speaks!, AS220's panel discussion series, continues with a topic near and dear to us here in little Rhody — failure.
Action Speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 01, 2009
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Spare Change?

A tension lies at the heart of the Obama presidency. After 100 days in office, the public still seems uncertain how to interpret the historic nature of the election last November.
At the 100-day mark, Barack Obama still doesn't have a clear mandate for sweeping reforms
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 01, 2009
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The shovel-ready lessons of the New Deal

Action Speaks!, AS220's always-engaging panel discussion series, is back. "So soon?" you ask. Why, yes.
Action speaks!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 24, 2009
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Tax time?

State House of Representatives leaders have served the Commonwealth well with their austere new budget: they have shown us the tremendous sacrifices we will need to make, and the drastic cuts that will be put into effect, if we don't raise new revenues.
New taxes may be needed. Plus, why Massachusetts can take pride in the Serve America Act.
By EDITORIAL  |  April 24, 2009
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Time to wake up

The news that Massachusetts's finances are in even worse shape than previously thought was not exactly a surprise.
The State Legislature and Boston's big municipal unions are hurting the public
By EDITORIAL  |  April 17, 2009


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Blue Balls

It's one of the great myths of modern American life that, no matter what travesties befall us, sports will carry on unfazed.
The word on the street is that sports are recession-proof — think again
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 10, 2009

Do it to debt

A friend of mine walked into the local bar during a recent happy hour and announced, "I'm furious at IGA."
Spending money to make money?
By AL DIAMON  |  April 01, 2009
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Car talk

President Barack Obama did the right thing in ousting Rick Wagoner as head man at General Motors. Already there are a few encouraging signs that the GM community realizes it is time to step on the accelerator.
General Motors: What's really at stake
By EDITORIAL  |  April 01, 2009
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As bad as Wall Streeters

Even in our 24/7, blog-and-Twitter media world, commentators can barely seem to keep up with the worsening economic conditions.
The greed of Boston's unions is staggering
By EDITORIAL  |  March 11, 2009